Posts Tagged ‘Wear a Mask’

Anti-Mask & Anti-Vax at the Salon

August 3, 2021

Recently, i posted about my hairdresser & how my appointments with her are relaxing.

Well, on the Saturday prior, my bff got her hair done (same stylist). Apparently, the tension could be cut with a knife.

Monique had commented away from work that she does not agree with anti-maskers or anti-vaxers. Her co-workers did not appreciate it considering that all the rest of the staff in the salon were unvaccinated and had no plans to get vaccinated. They also we’re not wearing masks in this place of business. So this led to a very uncomfortable silence with her co-workers.

I am Against anti-maskers & anti-vaxers. They are putting us *all* at risk.

Fortunately between that appointment and mine she was able to find a new hairdressing home. Her new salon that she is at is much more bright, much more open, much more space for social distancing and each stylist had two chairs so that they could alternate so that they always had a clean chair available.

So while I still support Monique, I no longer support Heads Up Hair Salon in Oshawa. My business has switched to Bounce Salon and Spa in Courtice

i am glad my stylist is more concerned about her clients & their safety over a paycheck.

Fibro Sucks! But My Friends Don’t!

May 31, 2021

so we have finally reached the 31st of May, the final day of fibromyalgia Awareness Month. I know I’ve been posting a little extra and almost exclusively about fibromyalgia this month but but else would I do? LOL

what I would like to thank all the people in my life who support me. I made masks for those closest to me as well as myself. I would like to thank each and every one who wore these masks & I hope will continue to wear them until we no longer need them.

This lad is on of my guy friends whom I am fairly close to, but I was surprised when he said he wanted a mask. Apparently he knows others (including 2 mutual friends) with Fibromyalgia.

Tony.

The only one I made a mask for who I do behave an image of is my nephew cuz he couldn’t find his (not surprising, cuz his mom’s wearing it!) But my sister, her 2 daughters, and my Mom & Dad. I thank my family for their support

Cassie & Kyah, Wendy, Dad and Mom

My best friends and their partners.. I’ve known both Catherine & Gerry since high school. I’m lucky to have maintained their friendships after 30 years. I thank them & their partners. Cath’s masks read “I wear purple for my BFF” & “I wear purple for ME”.

Catherine & Brett and Sara & Gerry

As many of you know, I’m involved in Scouting & I had some of my fellows outer request masks as they know how much it impacts my daily life.. I worked with Rainbow 13th directly for 2 years in Beavers & she is our outgoing group chair for one group. Raksha 13th has worked with me at Cub level for 3 years now& is out incoming Ng chair. She has seen how it impacts me and the improvements I have made over the last few years. Rainbow 1sy, well.. I’ve only been working in tandem with her since Covid hit & we initially amalgamated the groups, but like the bffs, I’ve known her since highschool and we did Venture Scouts together as youth.

Rainbow 13th (Charlene), Raksha 13th (Jen) & Rainbow 1st.(Jenn)

& I support me. Some days I have to remember that.

i have 4 masks.. 2 that say Fibromyalgia Awareness, but different patterns.. one that states “I wear purple for my BFF” (cuz my bff has fibro too) & “I wear purple for ME”. Mine, I will have in regular rotation – good thing purple is my favourite colour..

4 different days 4different masks.. & Yes, each has been worn several times over the last few weeks. Very rarely was I not in a fibro mask. & If not, I had purple butterflies!

So everyone who supports someone with Fibromyalgia, on their behalf, I thank you. Whether it’s doing our groceries wearing a mask for Fibromyalgia Awareness or just checking in to make sure we’re ok,, we do appreciate you & your support.

Thank You!!

Masks for May

April 29, 2021

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

My niece is in her final year of a specializes Illustration BA program. I asked her for some design ideas for masks to celebrate.. or.. acknowledge.. Spread Awareness! For Fibromyalgia.. She is still working on her final projects,so she’s been super busy & has not had a chance, but will shortly. Below are some ideas I stole that I think would work or something similar. Thoughts?

Purple Ribbons with “Fibromyalgia Awareness”

Purple Ribbons with Butterfly

I wear purple for… My Sister.. My Friend… My Mom.. My Aunt.. My Daughter.. My BFF,.. My Wife.. My Brother.. My Neice.. etc..

Stylized Ribbons.. I also have the online alias of NeonRose, so the rose on the left is totally appropriate for me.. 😉

Ribbons & Miscellaneous Text

I also have a black shirt that says “This Shirt Turns Black When I’m in Pain”. While I wasn’t planning on having black masks I was considering the dark purple and this would work on that as well.

Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?

Mask Fund-raiser

March 16, 2021

Face Mask Fundraiser For The 1st, 13th & 30th Oshawa Scouting Groups

These are some of the fabric patterns we have…On last check we had 70+ different ones

Will you help support these Oshawa Scouting groups, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers & Rovers through our handmade cloth face mask fundraiser? We are raising funds for events, materials and activity expenses.

We have premium reusable 3-ply cloth face masks available for sale in both youth and adult sizes. The masks are available for $12 each for youth and $15 each for adult. Available for local pickup (Oshawa/Durham or possibly Scarborough) or can be mailed within Canada. Shipping and Handling is $2 for first mask and $1 for ea additional masks. 13th Oshawa Scouting will receive 50% of the sales.

  • 100% cotton, double layered (high quality quilting cotton) PLUS Non-woven filtering centre layer.
  • Style designed for improved breathability
  • Elastic ear loops are adjustable for comfort and for better fit.
  • Metal nose piece reduces eye glass fogging (all adult masks. This can be added at no charge to youth masks by request)
  • Reusable, handmade, machine washable
  • Additional fabric styles and sizes available.

**Custom sizes can be made for a small additional surcharge. Perfect for larger faces or those with beards.

Me, in my Purple Sparkles fabric from our masks both with – without my glasses on – No Fog!!

We have a Facebook Group with additional information including all fabrics.. We currently have just over 70.. with over 10 more fabric patterns on deck.

To purchase, e-transfers can be sent to 13thOshawaCubPack@gmail.com

Post-Christmas Crash 2020

January 1, 2021

Every year the inevitable happens. I manage decently enough getting ready for Christmas, pacing myself trying not to overdo it. Every year I end up failing miserably before the holidays end.

Some years I’ve managed to get through Christmas Day with a nap and crash afterwards. . Some years I’ve actually had to postpone Christmas from the morning to the afternoon and eventually this became consistent as I really get up any day before noon. I’ve even had two years where I didn’t do Christmas with my family or anyone just because my crash hit before the holiday.

The most common reaction is to hit my wall on Christmas Day in the evening… After I get back from wherever I’ve been.. Fortunately, with the improvement of my Fibro over the last almost 5 years, that is shifting.. Crashes are less severe and don’t typically last for week or more on end..

This year, I did well! Before you say that’s it cuz of covid & no one did anything, it’s not true. Christmas this year is not *that* different.

As per the norm, I baked cookies. I give these his gifts to friends, family & my pain physician. It’s not uncommon for me to purchase premade dough however this year I made two different types of cookies from scratch. I have one of those cookies I ended up making up 4 batches. I don’t know how many cookies I made in total but in the end I had enough for two’s cookie swaps with my Cub packs, 3 small baggies, of a half dozen, 8 larger bags of a baker dozen, & 5large bags for almost 2 dozen cookies. I also did up one package of two dozen Brier Rabbit cookies (that’s the recipe I made for of) for a friend of mine who specifically likes that type of cookie.. After all that, I still had some left over.. That’s almost 400 cookies this year.

Cookies From My Cubs

As I usually do, I also did my Christmas shopping in person. I don’t like doing a lot of shopping online unless I know exactly what it is like books. So I do gifts for my sister and her family and my parents every year as well as select friends including my best friend and her family This year I also got a few things for my brother’s family beyond cookies.. Plus stocking stuffers for my Mom and Dad.. So gifts for about 20 people this year.

Because of COVID my deliveries have been different this year.. but I have made them and have had short safe visits with friends. I stopped at my 2nd bff’s on Christmas Eve Day and we had a short safe visit. . Christmas Day was spent with my parents followed by a social distanced gift exchange with my Sister’s family. Afterwards, I stopped by another friend’s later on also for a short safe visit to exchange small gifts. Come Boxing Day, I had a longer, yet still safe visit with my BFF & her family. Finally, I saw another friend that evening and gave him his cookies & gifts..

So Boxing Day evening I hit my wall (My Wile E Coyote IG post shows it well). When I got home about 8:30, I crawled into bed & slept. I ended up overheating in my sleep but you can read more about that here.. Otherwise for the next 24 hours, I slept, only getting up so myself & Lilly could use the facilities and to feed her.

Since then my pain levels have been up and so has my fatigue.. I’ve done very little over this last week. I had a Cub Scout planning meeting on the 27th via Zoom. I’ve had a visit or 2 with Mom & Dad as they only live upstairs.. I fixed a mask, having to replace the elastic & add a third layer. I have watched TV, I have player video games on my phone & I’ve slept.

Do I consider myself bedridden? No.. I’m able to function.. I can get up & take the dog out & Ake myself some food and do liw energy activities. So why am I not doing more? Cuz if I do things will go downhill.. Right now I’m just keeping the course steady so that my body can rest, relax, recuperate and heal..

Upcoming Move – Keeping Safe

November 17, 2020

No, I am not moving, my BFF & her hubby are.

For the last 2½ weeks I have been going over to her place every other day to help her pack.

I know there will be those concerned about the risk of getting exposed to COVID. Yes, they are moving to the city, Toronto, Canada’s biggest hotspot but we are being as careful as possible.

To minimize any risk to my parents, I’ve isolated from them while I’m helping pack & move.

I am only in one circle at a time.

My bff & her hubby are now my bubble. No, I don’t wear a mask at her place, but they are the only people who I do that with. His job had been modified so that he interacts basically with no one while he does his pickups, not at his work & not with the clients. She currently works from home, but that will shift slightly after her move. In the grand scheme of things, they are low risk of being exposed. Because of running errands & my cub scouts, I’m at a higher risk of exposure than she is as she is only leaving her place to transport items to her new home, a house.

Because I’m only me & Lilly in my immediate household, it is recommended, for my mental health, that I extend my bubble. Helping my BFF & getting to spend some quality time is also good for my mental health & wellbeing.

Immediately after the move I will isolate for 2 weeks, no bubble whatsoever before returning to my parents’ bubble. I will not be helping my bff unpack as my Mom is not comfortable with that.

On the day of, masks. Every single person *must* have a mask before entering any premises. Hands must also be either sanitized before entering, or washed properly immediately upon entering. Signs will be up to help the movers go directly to the room they need to go to, making things more efficient & less wandering. I’m sure I’ll have a Lysol or Clorox sanitizing cloth at all times to wipe stuff down as the movers come and go.

This is the best way to keep everyone safe and at a comfortable level and allows me to help her out.

More info on the move & it’s impact on my Fibro coming shortly.

Trials and Tribulations of the World Today – A Vent.

August 24, 2020

Lately I’ve been getting more agitated about things that I normally do. I’m trying to figure out why. I’m wondering if people are becoming more ignorant, inconsiderate, stupid and just plain jerks? Am I becoming more centative to things as I’m getting older? Is COVID19 making us more selfcaware, yet less aware of those around us? Could the pandemic just be putting everyone on edge a little more that before?

I don’t know. Maybe when the world gets past this we might be able to figure it out

So… from here on, it is just to vent about what I’ve been dealing with personally.

  • People not wearing masks properly, especially retail staff
  • People not abiding my arrows of the floor.
  • The expectation that because we are strangers, but both wearing masks that we do not have to social distance.
  • Being thwarted when attempting to social distance – people have cut me off when I’ve left 6feet between myself & the person in front of me.
  • Stupid drivers.. I can’t count the number of accidents I’ve nearly had because of other drivers, like pulling out too far at a stop sign, or like pulling a rolling stop at an All-Way & taking your left turn despite the person opposite you at an appropriate stop who is coming straight through or going 140 in a 90 zone (km not miles)
  • People just being oblivious to those around them and not being able to social distance around them.
  • Snarky “It’s a hoax” people. People can have their opinion & voice it without being total idiots about it.
  • People still not wearing masks.
  • Not having a contactless payment system. Not all stores have Tao yet. I have to sanitize my card every time it goes into a reader.
  • People not realizing or not caring that their actions have consequences, not just to themselves but others.. Especially those at higher risk like the ill & the elderly.

Keep an eye out for my next topic – what I’m grateful for..

Wearing A Mask Whilst Singing

July 14, 2020

Why wear a mask while singing?

There are lots of reasons for wearing a mask, but the biggest one is to not spread COVID-19. When you speak, you spew water droplet into the air.

It’s worse when you sing. When you sing the amount of moisture & water droplets increases significantly. I don’t have the numbers, but I can talk forever without my mouth going dry, no so much when I’m singing.

If you are talking in the car, you are spreading droplets & need to wipe down anyways.. so you might as well sing your heart out cuz anyone in your car in likely in your bubble. Just remember, singing water droplets go further, faster. You will have to wipe down more than your steering wheel. Make sure you sanitize the shell, but also the steering column, the dashboard & the panel above the dashboard. Even if you have not touched those spaces, they will be contaminated by your saliva.

At an average viral load of 7 × 106 per milliliter, we estimate that 1 min of loud speaking or singing generates at least 1,000 virion-containing droplet nuclei that remain airborne for more than 8 min. So this is not a good idea to be singing when people are around.

The other night, I broke that rule. I am used to driving in the car, but Dad was driving us in the van. On the way home from my brother’s we were listening to Dad’s country music – Not my typical choice. The last CD my Mom put in was Kenny Rogers – everyone knows Kenny So I’m singing “The Gambler” to myself.. and I sing the first verse & am shocked to no end when my Dad (who does *not* sing) starts to sing the chorus. Well we both sang the chorus, then I again sang the verse & the bridge & Dad joins in at each chorus. We are singing within 6 feet, let along the singing distance required of a minimum of 8 feet. He was less than 3 feet away.

Normally with COVID 19, you’d get in eternal trouble for that, but for 2 things, 1.I was in the car, no way to contaminate those outside the car. 2. My Mom and Dad are in my household so they are in my bubble. If my Dad had COVID, I would have gotten it anyways.

So, keep safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask, cuz it’s legally required her in the Greater Toronto Area, especially when singing!!